My mom got an infection after hip surgery. They didn’t know until she had been sent to a rehabilitation center. In my mind she seemed too sick to do exercises and I was right. We took her home to take care of her ourselves.
The government sent a nurse to our house to evaluate her. They wanted to know if she could exercise and teach me how to take care of her. The nurse was lovely. She met the family and then went into Mom’s room and talked with her and me.
She could see Mom was too weak and sick to do any exercises. She explained how much easier it would be for me to take care of mother if we had a hospital bed. She said the Red Cross loaned them for no cost for 6 – 9 months. After that we have to buy our own. So, we ordered one from the Red Cross. We also are able to have two nurse’s aides come and give mother a bath once a week and take care of her for three hours while my husband and I go out. The cost is covered by the government.
Mom’s infection was cured; now she is just tired and wants to sleep day and night. She isn’t eating anything, but drinks water, Boost and orange juice. I have read that when we are dying, we no longer have an appetite. This is our body helping us die peacefully.
My husband, daughters and granddaughters have been helping me. Mom is restless and wants to turn over in bed often. Actually this is good for her because of bed sores. I would have to move her every two hours anyway. When she had the infection she wanted to be turned about every 15 minutes. That was extremely tiring. My husband and I took turns so we could sleep.
I bought a book called, “Meditating on the Psalms,” by John Eaton. I’ve been enjoying it very much. He writes about “alphabetic” or “ acrostic” Psalms. The poet begins the song with the A of their alphabet and each line begins with the next letter. I thought I would try to write one myself. Here it is:
All the Lord does is beautiful.
Beautiful in love, wisdom and mercy.
Call upon the Lord, and he will hear you.
Depend on his saving grace.
Everything that breathes, the Lord has made.
From the ant to the whale, God made us all.
He reigns in the heavens.
In his throne room he rules over all.
Justice and righteousness are the foundation of his throne.
Keep your eyes, heart and mind upon the Lord.
Look on him who is perfect.
Many are his marvelous words and works.
Never lean upon man; lean upon God.
Open your heart to him.
Pour out your thoughts and sorrows.
Quietly, he will strengthen you.
Rest in his everlasting love.
Surely, he will save your soul.
Tenderly he will lead you.
Under the shadow of his wings you will find refuge.
Vast are his thoughts towards you.
Why should we worry or be troubled?
eXalt his name in all the earth.
Your heart he will fill with peace and love.
Zion is his habitation and from there he will reign over us.